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McLaren apologise to Red Bull for ruining Mark Webber"s start after ECU problem at Australian Grand Prix

McLaren apologise to Red Bull after ruining Webber's start in Melbourne

By
Simon Cass

PUBLISHED:

20:06 GMT, 19 March 2013

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UPDATED:

20:06 GMT, 19 March 2013

McLaren have been forced to apologise to their Red Bull rivals for wrecking Mark Webber’s start to his home grand prix in Australia.

A software problem with the engine control unit (ECU) – the electronic brain supplied to all Formula One teams by McLaren which controls the powertrain, drag reduction system and acts as a car's primary data system – meant Webber’s system had to be rebooted during the formation lap.

That lack of vital information caused Webber to tumble through the order from second on the grid before eventually finishing sixth.

Compromised: Mark Webber suffered an ECU problem on the formation lap and lost ground at the start

Compromised: Mark Webber suffered an ECU problem on the formation lap and lost ground at the start

It's their fault: Red Bull team principal Christian Horner blamed McLaren for Webber's awful start in Melbourne

It's their fault: Red Bull team principal Christian Horner blamed McLaren for Webber's awful start in Melbourne

Home grand prix: Webber finished sixth on Sunday

Home grand prix: Webber finished sixth on Sunday

Red Bull team principal, Christian Horner, leapt to the defence of his driver post-race after he faced criticism for what appeared to be yet another poor start.

‘You need to go and ask McLaren why the ECU didn't work,’ said Horner. ‘That totally messed up his preparation.

‘By the time we'd reset the system, he'd lost the start and lost early ground.

'It's something they need to get on top of because there have been a lot of issues in early-season testing.’

After performing their own investigation, McLaren have issued a statement accepting they were at fault.

It read: ‘Mark and the team have our apology. We are working together with them to prevent any recurrence.’

The ECU is a new design for the 2013 season and has been introduced in preparation for the switch from V8’s to turbo-charged V6 engines next season.

Paul Gascoigne out of rehab and coming home to England

Gazza's coming home! Former England star out of rehab and on his way back from Arizona

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

02:05 GMT, 8 March 2013

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UPDATED:

04:17 GMT, 8 March 2013

Paul Gascoigne will return to England after spending time in rehab in Arizona to deal with his severe alcohol problem.

The 45-year-old, whose celebrity friends came together to fund his 6,000-a-week treatment in the US, had a public meltdown at a charity event in Northampton in January but he has vowed to quit booze.

A source close to Gazza told The Sun: ‘We’re just delighted that Paul’s back on track and coming home, where he can get back into his routine of doing the things he enjoys – without the booze getting in the way ever again.'

Emotional: Paul Gascoigne suffered a public meltdown in Northampton

Emotional: Paul Gascoigne suffered a public meltdown in Northampton

The source added: 'He’s been in good hands out there
and he’s worked really hard over the past month to get where he is. We
were as shocked as anyone to see how bad things had got for Paul, and so
we’re just grateful that so many people stood by him like they did.

'We couldn’t have have got him back to good health again without their help.'

After his appearance in Northampton, video footage also emerged of the former Tottenham midfielder at the depths of his alcoholism and mental torment.

Rehab: Gascoigne has since been flown to America for treatment

Rehab: Gascoigne has since been flown to America for treatment

He was drinking two litres of
gin and 15 cans of Stella Artois a day before he was rushed to rehab, a former friend claimed.

One
time housemate Shane Abbott, 36, has also said he was taking up to 30 antidepressant Valium pills a day and
injecting cocaine.

He was rushed
to intensive care from the Cottonwood Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona when doctors feared he
could have suffered a major organ failure after having a seizure due to
alcohol withdrawal.

Heyday: Gascoigne was one of the best players of his generation

Heyday: Gascoigne was one of the best players of his generation

Celebrities
such as Chris Evans, Alan Shearer, Alan Sugar and Ronnie Irani have
lent support to a Twitter campaign to raise the 100,000 needed to cover his treatment.

English players Frank Lampard, John
Terry, Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshere had contributed funds, while FA
Charity the England Footballers Foundation also contributed 40,000 from
the national team.

Gascoigne is expected to be alone for two months during his rehabilitation.

SIX NATIONS 2013: Ben Morgan will play after ankle injury, says Stuart Lancaster

Morgan on mend after ankle injury and he could be back to face Italy, says Lancaster

By
Duncan Bech, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

16:00 GMT, 18 February 2013

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UPDATED:

18:00 GMT, 18 February 2013

England coach Stuart Lancaster is confident Ben Morgan will play some part in the RBS Six Nations as the Gloucester No 8 continues his recovery from an ankle problem.

Morgan was injured in the opening-day victory over Scotland and has been pencilled in to return against Italy on March 10.

The 23-year-old has joined fly-half Freddie Burns on the sidelines, with his Gloucester team-mate receiving treatment for a knee problem.

Hopeful: Stuart Lancaster (left) believes Ben Morgan can return for England against Italy

Hopeful: Stuart Lancaster (left) believes Ben Morgan can return for England against Italy

'Morgan and Burns are making slow progress,' Lancaster said.

'Freddie is further down the line but they won’t play this weekend so it will be another week or so.

'Ben will be fine. It’s an ankle injury similar to the one Manu Tuilagi had. Manu was out for four or five weeks and Ben will be about the same.

'He wants to get himself right so he can push for selection against Italy.'

Centre Jonathan Joseph has been ruled out for two weeks with a toe injury, but full back Ben Foden has made good progress in his battle with ankle damage and will play for Northampton against Bath on Saturday.

In the mix: England centre Manu Tuilagi during today's training session

In the mix: England centre Manu Tuilagi during today's training session

Putting the boot in: Owen Farrell is getting his eye in while training

Putting the boot in: Owen Farrell is getting his eye in while training

Fly-half Toby Flood and flanker James Haskell missed training today because of a tight calf and flu respectively.

England resume their Six Nations against France on Saturday as the only team still capable of winning the Grand Slam.

Les Bleus limp into Twickenham on the back of successive defeats by Italy and Wales and with coach Philippe Saint-Andre under attack over selection but Lancaster insists they remain formidable opposition.

'If you look at their performances in the autumn, the three wins over Samoa, Argentina and Australia show they are not a bad side,' he said.

'They beat Australia 33-6 and Australia then beat us. While we’ll take something out of their first two Six Nations games, we’ll also take something out of those autumn internationals and make sure we’re ready for them.'

Quick feet: Mike Brown surges through the centre at Pennyhill Park this afternoon

Quick feet: Mike Brown surges through the centre at Pennyhill Park this afternoon

Captain fantastic: Chris Robshaw takes a breather during today's session

Captain fantastic: Chris Robshaw takes a breather during today's session

Comeback: Morgan pictured in his last game, against Scotland on February 2

Comeback: Morgan pictured in his last game, against Scotland on February 2

Brighton 2 Derby 1: Brighton remain undefeated in 2013

Brighton 2 Derby 1: Barnes and Orlandi see Seagulls continue fine run

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17:51 GMT, 12 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:52 GMT, 12 January 2013

Brighton maintained their 100 per cent start to 2013 with a 2-1 npower Championship victory over Derby.

Inigo Calderon made an impressive return from injury with a hand in both of Albion's goals, which were scored by Ashley Barnes in the second minute and Andrea Orlandi after 25.

The Spaniard might have got on the scoresheet himself at the start of the second half but his glancing header went wide.

Derby manager Nigel Clough, who this week celebrated four years in the job, saw his side create very little as the Rams slipped to an eighth away league loss of the season.

Jeff Hendrick did pull a goal back midway through the second half but the Rams never really looked like rescuing anything from the game.

Undefeated so far: Brighton have to lose in 2013

Undefeated so far: Brighton have to lose in 2013

MATCH FACTS

Brighton: Kuszczak, Calderon, Greer, El-Abd, Bridge, Orlandi (Dicker 76), Hammond, Bridcutt, Buckley (LuaLua 76), David Lopez (Crofts 88), Barnes.

Subs: Ankergren, Dunk, Hoskins, Vicente.

Booked: Orlandi, Bridge

Goals: Barnes 2, Orlandi 25

Derby: Legzdins, Brayford, Keogh, Roberts, Coutts, Davies, Hendrick, O'Brien (Robinson 87), Hughes (Ward 45), Sammon, Freeman (Jacobs 62).

Subs: Fielding, Tyson, O'Connor, Bennett.

Booked: Freeman, Davies, O'Brien, Jacobs.

Goals: Hendrick 70

Referee: Iain Williamson

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Brighton boss Gus Poyet made three changes to the side that started the FA Cup win over Newcastle last weekend.

Tomasz Kuszczak replaced Casper
Ankergren in goal while Calderon returned at right-back following a knee
problem, so David Lopez moved back into midfield with Gary Dicker
dropping to the bench.

Leading scorer Craig Mackail-Smith missed out due to a hamstring injury but Will Buckley was fit to return to the side.

Vicente was in the Albion squad for the first time since the opening week of the season following a persistent thigh problem.

Kieron Freeman started for Derby in the only change made by Clough.

Freeman made only his second start – and
a first in his preferred position of right-back – as John Brayford was
moved into a five-man midfield. The switch saw Michael Jacobs miss out.

Jacobs was joined on the bench by forward Jamie Ward, who has struggled with a hamstring problem for the past three months.

Less than 80 seconds were on the clock when Brighton took the lead with a beautifully crafted goal.

Calderon spotted Lopez breaking into the
right-hand side of the penalty area and Lopez picked out a low pass
which set up Barnes to tap in from very close range.

Soon afterwards, the hosts extended their lead with a goal made in Spain.

Lopez teed up Calderon who whipped in a
cross from the right and Orlandi got in front of his marker to thump a
header into the roof of the net, leaving Rams goalkeeper Adam Legzdins
with no chance.

The roles were almost reversed three
minutes after the break when Orlandi's cross was headed wide by
Calderon, who failed to make proper contact with the ball.

Ward, introduced in first-half injury
time after Derby's highly-rated teenager Will Hughes hobbled off, sent a
20-yard shot narrowly over the crossbar in the 52nd minute.

Brighton almost went 3-0 ahead after 63 minutes, hitting the visitors on the counter-attack.

Lopez, on the right, released Buckley with a perfectly-timed diagonal pass but his shot was blocked by Legzdins.

The Albion striker was denied by
Legzdins again soon afterwards, this time from point-blank range, before
the rebound was scrambled off the line by a defender.

What had looked like a stroll in the
rain suddenly turned into a nervous finale for Poyet's side when
Hendrick got a touch to Ward's driven free-kick to divert the ball past
Kuszczak.

Derby piled players forward in search of an equaliser without really threatening Kuszczak's goal.

Brighton saw out the game and potential
new Albion signing Leonardo Ulloa, watching from the directors' box,
would have been impressed by just about every aspect of the afternoon –
except perhaps the weather.

In-debt Michael Chopra in self-imposed bans from bookies in a bid to arrest spiralling gambling addiction

Chopra begins self-imposed ban from bookies in bid to tackle gambling addictionStriker in so much debt he cannot afford 50,000 legal feesHe was charged by BHA for breaching rules

By
Sam Cunningham

PUBLISHED:

12:19 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

15:43 GMT, 9 January 2013

Michael Chopra has banned himself from betting shops in Ipswich in a bid to sort out his gambling addiction.

The Ipswich striker admitted today he is in such bad debt he cannot afford to pay the minimum 50,000 legal fees required to get someone to represent him in a trial. He has been charged by the British Horseracing Authority for breaching their rules.

If the BHA win their case against him they can only ban him from racecourses and their gambling establishments.

Tumbling: Chopra's gambling addiction has caused serious problems

Tumbling: Chopra's gambling addiction has caused serious problems

But Chopra said in a statement: ‘It is well publicised that I have a gambling addiction problem and I see any such sanctions as being a useful mechanism in helping me to address these problems. As of this year, I’ve voluntarily self-excluded myself from all betting institutions from where I live in Ipswich in order to help me fight this illness.’

Chopra and eight others were charged by the BHA in October for breaching their Rules of Racing and the two-week trial begins on January 14. He is accused of placing bets for horses to lose in a five-month period between November 2010 and March 2011 using information passed on either directly or indirectly by jockey Andrew Heffernan, who is also standing trial.

Chopra was advised that even if he was found innocent he would not be refunded his legal fees for being represented in the inquiry.

Heavy debt: Chopra cannot afford to pay his legal fees

Heavy debt: Chopra cannot afford to pay his legal fees

The 29-year-old added: ‘I have extensive debts and loans and simply cannot afford the amount of money necessary to clear my name, with no prospects of ever recovering my costs. I am not a member of the British Horseracing Authority and not subject to its rules. I have been advised that the British Horseracing Authority is only allowed under its rules to take disciplinary action against a person who is subject to those rules, which does not include me.’

BHA responded later on Wednesday, when media manager Robin Mounsey said: 'The charges being brought by the BHA against Michael Chopra are serious and relate to conspiring with other persons to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice, and offering bribes to a licensed person.

'It is the BHA's role to protect the integrity of the sport from corrupt practices from both licensed and unlicensed individuals.

On trail: James Coppinger (left) and Mark Wilson (second right) are also involved

On trail: James Coppinger (left) and Mark Wilson (second right) are also involved

'As such, via a disciplinary panel, the BHA is able to impose sanctions upon individuals not bound by the Rules of racing, which include exclusion from entering any licensed premises or having dealings with any licensed person regarding horseracing.

'The BHA will not comment further on this investigation until the hearing has been completed and the disciplinary panel has published its findings.'

Two other footballers, Doncaster Rovers winger James Coppinger and former Manchester United midfielder Mark Wilson, are also standing trial.

Andy Murray into Brisbane International final after beating Kei Nishikori

Murray looking good as he makes Brisbane final after Nishikori retires from semi

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

08:12 GMT, 5 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:43 GMT, 5 January 2013

Top seed Andy Murray advanced to the final of the Brisbane International as his Japanese opponent Kei Nishikori was forced to withdraw in the second set of their last-four clash.

Nishikori started the semi-final strongly against the world No 3 but was 6-4, 2-0 when he threw in the towel because of a knee problem.

Murray, who beat the 23-year-old in the quarter-finals of last season's Australian Open, was a break down in the first set but won five games in a row seal it against his fifth-seeded opponent.

Looking good: Andy Murray was on course for victory before Kei Nishikori retired from the match

Looking good: Andy Murray was on course for victory before Kei Nishikori retired from the match

That's it: Murray shakes hands with Nishikori after he retired from their men's singles semi-final match

That's it: Murray shakes hands with Nishikori after he retired from their men's singles semi-final match

Nishikori took a medical timeout at the end of the set, but took the court for the start of the second.

Murray broke in the first game, however, and backed it up by holding his service game, at which point Nishikori decided enough was enough.

In the final Murray will face Grigor Dimitrov, who beat Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-3, 5-7, 7-6, (7/5).

Whereas
Murray was off court in 45 minutes, the Bulgarian, ranked 48th in the
world, was pushed to the limit in a little under two and a half hours of
tennis against Baghdatis.

Feeling the pain: Nishikori receives treatment before retiring injured

Feeling the pain: Nishikori receives treatment before retiring injured

Staying strong: Murray is looking good ahead of the Australian Open

Staying strong: Murray is looking good ahead of the Australian Open

'I've served pretty well for the majority of the tournament and I've moved better every single match,' Murray told reporters.

'Grigor plays with a lot of variety and he can play a lot of shots. He's one of the few guys coming through with a single-handed backhand as well, so he uses a lot more slice.'

Murray admitted, however, that he was wary of Dimitrov after he beat former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis 6-3 5-7 7-6 (7/5) to reach the final.

All smiles: Murray was off court within 45 minutes of his game starting

All smiles: Murray was off court within 45 minutes of his game starting

The 21-year-old represents a breed of
young players beginning to make their mark and has already accounted
for fellow rising star Milos Raonic and Jurgen Melzer this week.

'From my point of view I hope there
isn't a few coming through because then it means I'll be one of the ones
losing out on my spot,' Murray said.

'I have no idea whether he'll be nervous tomorrow or he'll enjoy the occasion. We'll find out.

'Everyone deals with certain situations differently.'

New Year 2013: Chelsea defender David Luiz sends message

Happy New Year! Chelsea's David Luiz gets his 2013 party started early

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22:08 GMT, 31 December 2012

David Luiz celebrated the new year (and maybe being in Neil Ashton's London team of 2012!) with some big balloons and a message to his fans.

The Chelsea centre-back and, of late, rampaging midfielder, took this photograph to welcome in 2013 in his usual exuberant and charismatic fashion.

Luiz has plenty to be pleased about after Chelsea overturned Everton at Goodison Park.

Happy new year: David Luiz had a message for his fans

Happy new year: David Luiz had a message for his fans

The Toffees took the lead almost immediately but Luiz's enthusiastic display in the middle of the park helped the Blues bite back.

A Frank Lampard double earned Chelsea three points and now they are preparing to face west London rivals Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday night.

Dynamic: Luiz put out fires all over the field against Everton in his robust fashion

Dynamic: Luiz put out fires all over the field against Everton in his robust fashion

John Obi Mikel missed Sunday's match
with a knee problem and with Oriol Romeu sidelined for several months,
Luiz seems set to keep his birth alongside Lampard.

He
relishes going forward from the midfield and although he still has
important defensive duties to fulfill, has far more freedom than when
playing at centre-back.

Since arriving at Stamford Bridge, Rafael Benitez has believed the title is still within Chelsea's grasp.

The Blues are third, 11 points behind leaders Manchester United, although they have a game in hand.

Phil Neville plays 500th Premier League game

History boy Neville joins Premier League 500 club as Everton skipper faces Wigan

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16:07 GMT, 26 December 2012

Phil Neville made history on Boxing Day when he became only the seventh player to make 500 appearances in the Premier League.

The Everton captain’s landmark could have come sooner were it not for surgery to correct a knee problem in November.

He wasn’t going to allow for any further delays. The club advised that Neville, who turns 36 next month, would be sidelined for up to eight weeks following his operation.

500 not out: Everton captain Phil Neville (right) in action against Wigan on Boxing Day

500 not out: Everton captain Phil Neville (right) in action against Wigan on Boxing Day

Fergie's fledgling: Phil Neville was at United from 1995

Fergie's fledgling: Phil Neville was at United from 1995

End/start: Neville left Manchester United in 2005

End/start: Neville left Manchester United in 2005

Skipper: He has led Everton with distinction since 2007

Skipper: He has led Everton with distinction since 2007

NEVILLE IN NUMBERS

19: Seasons in the Premier League… 11 at United and eight at Everton

3: Red cards 82: Yellow cards 9: Goals scored
263: Matches for United 444: starts

MILESTONES

First game: United v Manchester City (February 11, 1995)

100th: United v Middlesbrough (May 9, 1999)

200th: United v Southampton (November 2, 2002)

300th: Everton v Tottenham (August 26, 2006)

400th: Everton v Aston Villa (April 12, 2009)

TOP 10 IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE

Ryan Giggs 607
David James 572
Gary Speed 535
Frank Lampard 531
Emile Heskey 516
Sol Campbell 503
PHIL NEVILLE 499
Paul Scholes 495
Jamie Carragher 491
Mark Schwarzer 486
*Brother Gary played 400

But the warrior player reported fit for duty against West Ham on Saturday, after just 36 days.

Fondly sometimes known as the quieter brother to Mail on Sunday
columnist Gary, Neville left Manchester United in 2005 – and Toffees
boss David Moyes has more than banked the value of his 3.5million
signing.

This achievement, by its nature,
intimates his best days are behind him. But Neville’s open-minded and
modest approach to his game is shown in the way he is constantly
striving to improve, a credit to footballers of all generations.

And as Moyes observes, it’s a quality he has had throughout his career.

‘People would be amazed by the amount of work and conditioning Phil has put in to get himself right,’ said Moyes.

‘He continually works hard. He is in
every morning at 8.30am, he doesn’t leave until late. The rehabilitation
work he puts himself through — never at any stage does he complain.

‘He just continually pushed himself
to try and get back. The biggest impact that it should have on everyone
is the manner of what he has done.’

In a sparkling career stretching over 19 years, the defender has won virtually every honour in the game.

With six Premier League titles, a
three-time holder of both the FA Cup and Charity Shield and the 1999
Champions League trophy and Intercontinental Cup in the same year, the
titles which have eluded him are of little concern.

Better together: His relationship with David Moyes has helped Everton thrive

Better together: His relationship with David Moyes has helped Everton thrive

In fact, Neville’s illustrious,
10-year spell with Manchester United can account for both the silverware
and his flawless attitude.

Moyes added: ‘It says a lot about
what he’s done. But it doesn’t surprise me because his mentality and his
attitude to the game have been great since he came from Manchester
United.'

Neville has six months remaining on his current contract but there are no clues as to where, or when he career may end.

Pedigree: The midfielder has played for England 59 times, though not since 2007

Pedigree: The midfielder has played for England 59 times, though not since 2007

‘He’s been a great signing,’ Moyes
said. ‘The best person to talk about (the future) is Phil because I’ve
already spoken to him and he just wants to see how his body is.

‘He's just back from a knee operation
and he would be the first one to say that we should just see how his
knee is. I don’t think he sees any great panic in it at this moment in
time.’

While Neville has always wanted to
lift a crown with Everton as a team, this great individual record will
certainly shine on as a highlight.

SPORTSMAIL'S FIVE FAVOURITE NEVILLE MOMENTS
Phil Neville's Manchester United debut v Manchester City (February 11, 1995)

Manchester United debut v Manchester City (February 11, 1995)

Neville played at right back (right) in the fabled defence that included Bruce, Pallister and Schmeichel, as Paul Ince, Andrei Kanchelskis and Andy Cole secured a 3-0 win.

Setting up Eric Cantona at St James’ Park (March 4, 1996)

His surge down the left flank and cross for Cantona led to United beating Newcastle 1-0 and the victory gave Ferguson’s side the impetus to go on to win the Premier League title. It was the first of Neville’s six gongs.

Winning goal at Chelsea (February 28, 1998)

Neville has only scored nine goals in his 499 appearances to date but this, in a 1-0 victory, was the pick of the bunch, a bending right-foot effort that gave Dmitri Kharine no chance.

Everton debut v Manchester United (August 13, 2005)

If there were any doubts Neville would
struggle to adjust to life after Old Trafford, they were banished in
his first Everton game. Everton may have lost 2-0 but he was
outstanding.

Season-changing tackle on Cristiano Ronaldo (October 25, 2008)

Everton were in the doldrums when they
faced his old side, and losing 1-0, but a thundering challenge on
Ronaldo (below) altered the course of the game – Everton drew 1-1 – and sparked a
run that carried them to fifth.

Phil Neville's season-changing tackle on Cristiano Ronaldo (October 25, 2008)

Everton captain Phil Neville set for 500th Premier League game, the seventh ever

500 club! Everton captain Neville set to become seventh man in illustrious group

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 25 December 2012

Phil Neville will add his name to an illustrious group on Boxing Day when he becomes only the seventh man to make 500 appearances in the Barclays Premier League.

During a career that spans 19 years, Everton’s captain has won almost every honour in the game and represented England on 59 occasions but his ambition and determination to make the most of every day means he is reaching the landmark figure quicker than expected.

Fergie's fledgling: Phil Neville was at United from 1995

Fergie's fledgling: Phil Neville was at United from 1995

End/start: Neville left Manchester United in 2005

End/start: Neville left Manchester United in 2005

Skipper: He has led Everton with distinction since 2007

Skipper: He has led Everton with distinction since 2007

NEVILLE IN NUMBERS

19: Seasons in the Premier League… 11 at United and eight at Everton

3: Red cards 82: Yellow cards 9: Goals scored
263: Matches for United 444: starts

MILESTONES

First game: United v Manchester City (February 11, 1995)

100th: United v Middlesbrough (May 9, 1999)

200th: United v Southampton (November 2, 2002)

300th: Everton v Tottenham (August 26, 2006)

400th: Everton v Aston Villa (April 12, 2009)

TOP 10 IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE

Ryan Giggs 607
David James 572
Gary Speed 535
Frank Lampard 531
Emile Heskey 516
Sol Campbell 503
PHIL NEVILLE 499
Paul Scholes 495
Jamie Carragher 491
Mark Schwarzer 486
*Brother Gary played 400

Neville, after all, only had surgery to correct a knee problem in November that should have meant he was laid up for eight weeks.

However, when he returned to Everton’s starting line-up at West Ham on Saturday, it was only 36 days after his operation.

Though he will be 36 in January, Neville’s enthusiasm remains undiminished and it has prompted Everton manager David Moyes — whose side will be aiming to consolidate their grip on a place in the top five with victory against Wigan — to label him as the model professional.

‘People would be amazed by the amount of work and conditioning Phil has put in to get himself right,’ said Moyes.

'He continually works hard. He is in every morning at 8.30am, he doesn’t leave until late. The rehabilitation work he puts himself through — never at any stage does he complain.

'He just continually pushed himself to try and get back. The biggest impact that it should have on everyone is the manner of what he has done.

'They might not say it but I think they would all have to have admiration for how he continually prepares himself and the way he goes about playing.

'It has helped him recover from this injury. We will have to look after him. He has had a bit of cartilage taken away, so we will have to be careful that it is not bone on bone in his knee. I might need to try to calm him down a bit!'

Cheers, bro: Neville remains close with his brother Gary, with whom he broke through at United

Cheers, bro: Neville remains close with his brother Gary, with whom he broke through at United

Better together: His relationship with David Moyes has helped Everton thrive

Better together: His relationship with David Moyes has helped Everton thrive

Very few players have left Old
Trafford during Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign and gone on to enjoy
successful careers elsewhere but Neville has been an integral part of
Everton’s development under Moyes, who hugely appreciates his captain’s
achievement in reaching 500 appearances.

'It
says a lot about what he’s done,’ said Moyes, who has certainly got
value for money from Neville since signing him for 3.5million in August
2005.

'But it doesn’t
surprise me because his mentality and his attitude to the game have been
great since he came from Manchester United.'

Pedigree: The midfielder has played for England 59 times, though not since 2007

Pedigree: The midfielder has played for England 59 times, though not since 2007

Neville has six months remaining on his current contract and Moyes added: 'He’s been a great signing. The best person to talk about (the future) is Phil because I’ve already spoken to him and he just wants to see how his body is.

'He's just back from a knee operation and he would be the first one to say that we should just see how his knee is. I don’t think he sees any great panic in it at this moment in time.'

SPORTSMAIL'S FIVE FAVOURITE NEVILLE MOMENTS
Phil Neville's Manchester United debut v Manchester City (February 11, 1995)

Manchester United debut v Manchester City (February 11, 1995)

Neville played at right back (right) in the fabled defence that included Bruce, Pallister and Schmeichel, as Paul Ince, Andrei Kanchelskis and Andy Cole secured a 3-0 win.

Setting up Eric Cantona at St James’ Park (March 4, 1996)

His surge down the left flank and cross for Cantona led to United beating Newcastle 1-0 and the victory gave Ferguson’s side the impetus to go on to win the Premier League title. It was the first of Neville’s six gongs.

Winning goal at Chelsea (February 28, 1998)

Neville has only scored nine goals in his 499 appearances to date but this, in a 1-0 victory, was the pick of the bunch, a bending right-foot effort that gave Dmitri Kharine no chance.

Everton debut v Manchester United (August 13, 2005)

If there were any doubts Neville would
struggle to adjust to life after Old Trafford, they were banished in
his first Everton game. Everton may have lost 2-0 but he was
outstanding.

Season-changing tackle on Cristiano Ronaldo (October 25, 2008)

Everton were in the doldrums when they
faced his old side, and losing 1-0, but a thundering challenge on
Ronaldo (below) altered the course of the game – Everton drew 1-1 – and sparked a
run that carried them to fifth.

Phil Neville's season-changing tackle on Cristiano Ronaldo (October 25, 2008)

Steve Clarke must choose between Ben Foster and Boaz Myhill

Clarke faces selection headache as Foster fights for No 1 shirt with Myhill

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10:48 GMT, 21 December 2012

Steve Clarke goes into tomorrow’s match against Norwich City with a thorny selection dilemma after Ben Foster confirmed his fitness.

West Brom’s head coach will be forced to choose between stand-in Boaz Myhill and the former Manchester United shot-stopper who has recovered from a nagging groin problem.

Myhill has proved an able deputy in Foster’s absence, the Wales international playing his part in keeping a clean sheet during last week’s goalless draw with West Ham.

In contention: Ben Foster has declared himself fit to face Norwich

In contention: Ben Foster has declared himself fit to face Norwich

Clarke said: 'Boaz has been great since Ben’s been out. I’ve got Luke Daniels as cover.

'I’m really privileged to have them as first-choice keepers and a youngster of Luke’s quality also at the club.

'It will be difficult for me, but it is something I will make an honest decision on.'

Claudio Yacob will be unavailable to the Scot as he is still to recover from a hamstring injury while Steven Reid remains sidelined with a sore shin.

Deputy: Boaz Myhill has stepped in for West Brom while Foster was sidelined

Deputy: Boaz Myhill has stepped in for West Brom while Foster was sidelined

And the demands of the busy Festive and New Year programme appear to have dashed any hopes that a string of Championship clubs had over signing striker Chris Wood on a permanent deal.

Clarke added: 'I’ve still got the possibility of picking up suspensions or injuries from this run of games.

'At the moment, Chris is a West Bromwich Albion player.

'The club’s is the most important thing and when a decision has to be made then it will be made for the benefit of West Brom.'